House Passes Paycheck Fairness Act

On Wednesday of this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7) by a margin of 242 – 187. A handful of Republicans joined every Democrat in the Chamber to send the measure along to the republican-controlled Senate, where it will likely die without any movement in the current session.…

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Doctor Groups Target Sugary Drinks

Two medical advocacy groups joined the sugary drinks fray this week with issuance of a joint policy statement asking legislators to limit sugary drink consumption. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are endorsing price hikes on sugary drinks through imposition of new excise taxes as well as adopting limits on advertising…

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Overtime Comments Welcome

As we advised a few weeks ago, the Department of Labor has published its proposed new regulation on the overtime threshold, increasing the amount below which all employees must be eligible for overtime pay. DOL has proposed that the threshold salary be set at $35,308 and publication of the rule in the Federal Register (March…

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Federal Paid Leave Filed Again

A new version of federal paid leave legislation has again been filed in Congress, with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) teaming up with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Representatives Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Anne Wagner (R-MO) to sponsor the newest version. Under the legislation, new parents would be eligible to take early Social Security benefits for…

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Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting

We’re delighted with the program we’ve pulled together for the 2019 Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting on April 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Massachusetts. As more of the NextGen stores come off the drawing board and are brought to fruition, there’s that much more information that Dunkin’ franchise owners should be aware…

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McDonald’s Folds In Minimum Wage Fight

McDonald’s Corporation, which has largely been the catalyst for, as well as the target of, the Fight for $15 along with a fast food unionizing drive by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has advised the National Restaurant Association that it will no longer support efforts opposing an increased minimum wage. In its letter to…

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Wage Increase

At the other end of the spectrum on the minimum wage debate, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week vetoed a minimum wage bill increasing the wage in Maryland to $15/hour by 2025 and by July, 2026 for smaller businesses with 14 or fewer employees. Notwithstanding the Governor’s veto, the legislature quickly – in fact, within…

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New Jersey Bans NDAs, Strengthening Wage Theft

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is the polar opposite of former republican Governor Chris Christie and is signing into law many of the bills that Christie strongly opposed and/or vetoed during his two terms in the corner office. The latest example is new legislation restricting the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Well, Dunkin’ is officially the inaugural inductee to the Quincy (Massachusetts) Business Hall of Fame, with CEO Dave Hoffmann receiving the honor at the Quincy Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting last week. Hoffmann was the keynote speaker for the event earlier this week. A bit further south of Quincy, loyal Dunkin’ customer Korey Nolan of…

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Miscellaneous

With all the talk (and legislative initiatives) to increase minimum wages, expand paid leave, create new employee benefits and the like, we’re told that more small businesses may begin using robots where possible to cut down on labor costs. According to the Robotics Industries Association, almost 36,000 robots were shipped to the US, Canada and…

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